Friday, 23 October 2015


Susan M. Taylor has been promoting small business growth for a long time, and she appreciates the hard work many small business owners put into their entrepreneurial endeavors. Running a business is not easy, and especially for owners who are members of the United States Armed Forces. Many individuals who serve in the armed forces and run businesses have to find a balance between the business and their commitment to serving. Even though members of the National Guard and Reserve might find it a bit easy, the events of 9/11 have made deployments both home and abroad more frequent for members of these two units.

When you are coming back from active tour and want to get back to business, it can sometimes feel like you are starting again. The concerns and decisions you made at the beginning have to be addressed when you get back, particularly if you decided to close shop while you served the country. In many cases, serving your country meant sacrificing the business for a while. As you attempt to resume operations, there are challenges to be expected.

At this time, there are various resources you can lean on the help guide the process. The Small Business Administration, through its website, has lots of material that can help you learn how to resume operations, including a checklist that you can follow immediately when you return from active duty. The Veterans Business Outreach Program (VBOP), under the SBA, also provides entrepreneurial training and mentoring to veterans who wish to run small businesses.

Susan M. Taylor likes to promote veteran-owned small businesses to bid for government contracts, having worked as Deputy Chief Procurement Officer at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration.